Veterans Chris Simms and Tye Hill were among the players the Tennessee Titans cut Saturday in order to meet the NFL’s regular-season roster limit of 53 players.
Simms and Hill both signed as free agents during the offseason and presumably were beaten out for roster spots by players drafted a few weeks later.
The performance and potential of fourth-round pick Alterraun Verner made it possible for the Titans to cut ties with Hill, who battled injury throughout most of the offseason and the early part of training camp.
Likewise, seventh-round pick Rusty Smith unseated Simms, who was the No. 3 quarterback in 2008 and was brought back after having spent 2009 with Denver.
Free agent rookie running back LeGarrette Blount also made the 53-man roster ahead of veteran Samkon Gado, who was added after the start of training camp.
Also, linebacker David Thornton was placed on the physically unable to perform list, which means he will miss at least the first six games of the regular season.
The complete list of players released by the Titans:
• Defensive end Eric Bakhtiari
• Defensive end Raheem Brock
• Fullback Jed Collins
• Wide receiver Dominique Edison
• Running back Samkon Gado
• Defensive end Chris Harrington
• Cornerback Tye Hill
• Defensive tackle David Howard
• Guard Nick Howell
• Defensive tackle Joe Joseph
* Center Kevin Matthews
• Tackle Nevin McCaskill
• Running back Alvin Pearman
• Tight end Steven Pfahler
• Safety Myron Rolle
• Tight end Sean Ryan
• Quarterback Chris Simms
• Tackle Michael Toudouze
• Linebacker Patrick Trahan
• Wide receiver Paul Williams